Posts tagged ‘Fried rice’

July 22, 2011

A Taste of Thai Café: Miami Lakes, FL

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by Ashley Morgan

Today I told Jessica I had a craving for something different, so we thought and thought, finally remembering one of our favorite little places right in the heart of Miami Lakes. Outside the restaurant is a charming street filled with jewelry shops, imported clothing and several boutiques and restaurants. Within the restaurant, warm lighting and décor are accented by Bombay-style ceiling fans. The staff is always extremely friendly, as well as the owners (whom I’ve never met, but have seen on the local South Florida show “Check, please! South Florida” starring chef Michelle Bernstein).

Wanting something a little more satisfying than veggie sushi, I opted for the vegetable fried rice and cup of miso soup. I’d never had the fried rice here, but knowing how much I love Vietnamese style fried rice, I was hoping the Thai version would be just as tasty. My first course of miso soup was wonderful. The miso soup here is freshly made, which is a nice change from several “Americanized” sushi, Thai and Japanese restaurants around, and the flavor profile of the tofu, nori and fresh broth was amazing. My main course, the vegetable fried rice, was not quite as tasty as I expected, but still good. It would have been nice to have more fresh vegetables, fried onions and other seasonings. There was a ton of rice! But for the price and location, this is still one of my favorite restaurants lining Main Street and for a $10 lunch of this quality, we will certainly be back.

May 18, 2011

Heaven and Earth – Part II

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by Ashley Morgan

Pho lovers rejoice – there is a heavenly veggie version just a short drive from Miami. A traditional pho with a twist, Green Papaya’s version is loaded with freshly cut broccoli, onions, carrots, cucumbers and perfectly boiled tofu. Hints of cilantro and mint finish this delightful concoction of veggie Vietnamese goodness.

For those who haven’t yet tried Pho, it is a soup that originated in the Nam Dinh province of Vietnam. It is traditionally served with either chicken or uber-rare beef, the meat cooking in the steaming broth, and garnished with bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, hot sauce, jalapenos, lime wedges and various other regional pastes, sauces and herbs.

Green Papaya does make the more traditional chicken and beef Pho, being the omnivore that I am I’ve tried both thinking they might be better than the veg version, but nothing can top the amazing Heaven and Earth Soup. Delicate noodles dance around the bowl, marrying with vegetables and tofu into a truly amazing dish that could inspire even the most stubborn omnivore that not all vegetables are evil.

Green Papaya itself is a super cute mom-and-pop sort of a place, and while they have a bit of turnover with their employees, the staff has always been friendly. As Jessica mentioned before me, the wait time for food can be a little long (hopefully meaning that they are preparing each dish fresh, as they sometimes have quite a wait even when they’re empty), but the food is more than worth it.

Another must-try for my omnivorous friends is the special fried rice, which has to be the most delicious and different fried rice I’ve ever tasted in my life. For all, the boba tea they serve there is also quite tasty, but I cannot attest to its authenticity as I have never tried another boba tea. Their version of Taro Boba Tea is a purplish-blue color with a slightly fruity flavor. The most fun part about the boba tea are the tapioca balls that swim along the bottom of the glass. They provide you with a large-mouth straw to pull up the pinball-sized morsels, who knew you could chew tea?

Green Papaya is a must-try for any Pho fanatic, especially those who are looking for a healthier, vegetarian alternative. Prices are a little steep for the area, at around $15.00 per person including soup, boba tea, tax and tip.

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